Not buying it. Nvidia doesn't really have anything that Intel would want (that I'm capable of seeing anyway).
Intel's got a handle on its integrated GPUs, and I highly doubt they're at all interested into breaking into the discrete GPU market. Intel wants everything running on x86 (which they own and dominate in), so Nvidia's ARM and CUDA efforts wouldn't be of any interest, presumably. On top of that, Intel already announced that Otellini's replacement would be a company insider. So theres no way in hell Jen-Hsun would become CEO of the merged company. Please remember that the last time someone tried to buy out Nvidia, the deal tanked because they wouldn't make him the top dog. I don't see that changing here, especially given Nvidia's past issues with Intel.
I don't know. Intel probably has hundreds of millions of dollars just gathering dust. Might as well spend it on something. Kinda like the buying spree Microsoft went on a while back. When you have that much money just sitting there why not invest it in something and see what happens. Hell Intel might do it just for fun to stick it to AMD. LOL
To those saying you don't see anything Intel would gain: Tegra. Intel's mobile offerings quite frankly, suck. Intel wants to move into the mobile space That would be a big gain for Intel and for Nvidia access to Intel's R&D divisions along with manufacturing plants would be a huge gain. However, I don't see it happening. This rumor and ones like it have been around for years.
Sounds crazy but I think it could actually happen.
So how does Jen Hsun sound as an Intel CEO?
I think that Nvidia is far too independent to agree to such a deal. This is just some stupid Internet rumor... Sort of like how Intel was supposed to completely eliminate socketed CPUs.